The Mizzou football program has dismissed wide receiver Dorial Beckham-Green, the #1 overall recruit in the class of 2012.
Dorial Green-Beckham dismissed from Mizzou football program, the school announces.
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Beckham-Green was the suspect in a burglary that happened early Sunday morning in Columbia, but police announced later in the week that he would not face charges because the victims declined to press them. The Mizzou sophomore had also been arrested twice on drug possession-related charges.
Tigers coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden released a statement on Beckham-Green's release Friday.
“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Pinkel said. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”
Alden echoed Pinkel's sentiments: “We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes. Though we provide the resources and mentoring to all of our student-athletes, we are also responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri. We have determined that this was a necessary step for our football team, athletic department, the University and our community,” he said.
Beckham-Green released a statement on the matter before Mizzou's announcement Friday:
“First and most importantly, I take responsibly for my conduct and my mistakes. Don’t blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything. I am not looking for sympathy. I thank those who have given me concern. I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football. It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won’t be for not trying.”Back to the NCAA Newsfeed